Substitute Aiden Greig nips in to put Ellon in front.
Substitute Aiden Greig nips in to put Ellon in front.

Ellon United`s Superleague status was confirmed on Saturday despite losing 2-1 to FC Stoneywood at The Meadows.

Stoneywood’s midweek defeat of Cruden Bay at Watson Park had already consigned Bay to First Division football next season and Saturday`s win by Hall Russell United over New Elgin means that the north side are now destined to take the second relegation spot.

Ellon were again able to call on Mike McKinnon to deputise in goal. The blustery wind and fiery surface made for extremely awkward conditions all round.

Andy Anderson met a good cross from Jonathon Millsom but his effort flashed just wide before Stoneywood came closest to scoring

before the interval from a corner which saw Campbell’s header come back off the post.

Andy Smith and Anderson linked up early in the second half with Anderson’s shot again slipping past the wrong side of the post before United made their first change with Aiden Greig replacing Scott McLeod.

Ellon went ahead midway through the half assisted by a slice of good fortune when Smith’s lob into the box bounced over keeper Goodbrand and allowed Greig to nip in and score.

United were unable to hold on to their advantage and conceded the equaliser in the 83rd minute when they were posted missing out wide with Elliott’s driven cross fired home.

To make matters worse Stoneywood were then gifted their winner within a couple of minutes. The problem started when United needlessly lost possession when in a good attacking position and then compounded the error by giving away a penalty as Stoneywood broke straight upfield and they were fully punished.

Ellon worked hard to get back on terms in the considerable stoppage time but it was not to be.

Ellon United: McKinnon, Millsom, Robertson, Thomson, Bremner, Crisp, Johnson, Smith, Anderson (Anderson), Leahy (Erskine), McLeod (Greig), Craib, Tremaine.

Although United`s performances of late have been more spirited, Saturday finished on a flatter note. Ellon were unable to pick up the points over their last two games which would have put their survival entirely through their own efforts. United can now take stock for a short spell as they prepare for next season.

Meanwhile, winning numbers in United`s Lucky Six Draw were 2, 3, 5, 8, 11 and 17 and no one picked the full set. The jackpot will now be £1000 with the selection 6 from 20. The consolation prize winner was P Stephen.